Today Sarah Cass is talking with me today about her latest book "Masked Hearts" which is on the Sweet Cravings Publishing website.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a mom of 3 special needs kids. I spend most of my “normal” life wrapped up in doctor visits, insurance fights, and day to day stress. So writing is my escape, and I tackle any genre I can, depending on what characters lead me to. From horror to steampunk to historical westerns, I run the gamut.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Photography, knitting and crochet. I’ve participated in theater, singing and I used to dance in competitions. Anything creative really drives me…but on the other side I also love to play with math challenges and make my mind work.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
During the school year I’m up at 6AM, taking care of school-morning s and seeing the husband off. Most days at that point I take a shower and run to get some caffeine, then sit down for a power hour. Throughout the day I write on and off, work on my blog and social media presence until the kids come home. I sit back down again for real writing once the fam is in bed.
Since I’m not much of a plotter (although I’m slowly morphing into one), whatever time I have to write is spent doing that. I like to let the story flow, and have had periods of time where I got so wrapped up I wrote for days on end…but then other times I find I need the boost of writing ‘with’ someone for the pressure of relaying word count and wanting it high. J
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Anywhere and everywhere. I’ve gotten them from a computer game, from an article, or just from a random comment said by a friend. Once I get a smidgen of an idea I let the muse run and see where it goes.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I’d still have to say it’s my Dominion Falls Series (starting with Changing Tracks). It’s not my first ever written novel (which still has a special place in my heart, and a place of honor in my ‘backburner’ stories)…but it’s the first I really thought could make it, and has. Jane and Cole, the H/h, still talk to me on a regular basis, and I still have much more of their story to tell, although readers will have to wait a little while after the original trilogy for more.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Well, I think that those people that do know about it wish they didn’t….
I have severe podophobia. If a blog post has a picture of a foot in it, I get sick to my stomach and will not read the post (seriously, a friend of mine just had a GIVEAWAY that I couldn’t enter b/c I knew there were feet in the post). I freak when my husband touches me with his feet. It’s bad…and apparently genetic because both my brother and my son have it.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
~secretive smile~ I’ll never tell….
Okay, I will. Those that have been published are from imagination. I do have an upcoming story with a heroine whose backstory is essentially mine, with one twist. She will be my most interesting to happen. I put a little bit and piece of myself into each story, use one nugget of truth, but mostly it is imagination.
And no, I won’t tell you which characters are based on real life people.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Which one? LOL. I have several that hang around between myself and my BFF. My main and very inspiring and temperamental muse is Terpsichore (I call her T or Terps). She’s awesome…especially when she gets joined by Clio (the BFF’s main muse).
When my plots get insane (just read the DF series, you’ll see), we say the muse that brought that on is Canada…so we can “Blame Canada”. (get it? ~nudge~)
The worst and most evil of the muses is No Name. The most depraved and frightening twists come from NN. It’s a good muse to have around.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’m not sure there is a genre I haven’t dipped into at this point. I’ve done, and been published in, horror. I’ve done Historical Western Romance, Historical fiction, steampunk, UF, PNR, Contemporary, and some odd mix-ups of genres that are possibly beyond understanding…so really, if it’s out there I have most likely tried it.
Oh, YA. I haven’t done, and probably won’t do, YA. I just don’t feel comfortable with it.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Oooh, I have a few. I am gobbling up the Demon Tale series by Kerrianne Coombes. I didn’t appreciate her the first time around, but JK Rowling has grown on me as I’ve been re-reading the HP series. Laura Ingalls has, and most likely always will be, a favorite. Beyond that, I love Patricia Briggs (can’t wait to read her latest Mercy book if I ever find time). I’m also a big Poe fan (seriously, read the DF series, you’ll see that too ;) ).
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Jane and Cole. Hands down. Some people find them abrasive, brash and at times unlikable. I think they are FABulous. They’re flawed, fractured, and do stupid things – but each of them has this hidden depth to them. Their stories are deceptively beautiful in their flaws. The way they grow and learn how to love and trust after some pretty hefty past damages just warms my heart and fills my soul.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Discipline. I suck at the will-power thing…and the making myself work thing. I get distracted by pretty-shiny’s and squirrels all day long. If I don’t have someone helping me stay accountable I falter left and right. But if I don’t work, I don’t bring about product and more stories for the readers and to satisfy my crazy muse’s own insanity.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Don’t listen to the ‘do not’ and ‘should not’…ignore the ‘rules’. At least to a point. Write your best work possible within the rules of grammar…but always remember that there are thousands and millions of books out there published by big name publishers that have flaws in them. Some of the highest selling books in history were hopeless dreck, poorly written and edited, but they made it huge.
You have a dream. You have a story in your heart. Write that, believe in it. If you don’t love what you’re writing, you will never find happiness in what you do. It’s not about the money (although we’d all love to be the next big thing)…it shouldn’t be about the money…it’s about writing because you WANT to, because you NEED to…because there is a story inside you that must be told.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Perish the thought. I can’t even imagine.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Anywhere without the kids, a fancy hotel room, a good restaurant, and time alone. Location doesn’t matter…peace and quiet is all we’d need.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Minnie Woodward lives a lie. After barely surviving the Bear River Massacre she’s lived in the white world of her guardian Mister Rawlins, her life debt keeping her tied there. The last thing she needs is Roy’s attempts to gain her favor. Her fate’s sealed. She’s never believed in hope, and not even Roy can make her start.
Roy Ornum saves Minnie every night in the traveling Wild West show. The job he took to break his gambling habit brought him a new addiction – her. He knows she doesn’t want to be rescued, but maybe he does. She’s the key to a past he lost, one he wants to find again.
As the two grow closer old wounds are reopened and their burgeoning trust is shattered. When lives hang in the balance of their choices they’ll need to work together. Otherwise everything will be lost before hope can be found.
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In July the second book in the Dominion Falls series, Derailed, will be out, as well. Until then, you can fine me here:
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